James Bennett (keyboards & hand percussion)
Paul (Bud) Broughton (guitars)
Richard Hall (drums)
Linda Lawrence (vocals)
Dave Wright (bass guitar)
Riff Reign is a Worksop UK recording band, established in 2014 to develop and record songs written by Dave Wright.
Original members were James Bennett (keyboards & hand percussion), Pete Courcey (drums & vocals), Richard Nettleship (guitars & vocals) and Dave Wright (bass guitar). Following Pete’s and Richard’s departure, Dave and James were joined by Richard Hall (drums & backing vocals), Linda Lawrence (vocals), Chris Pearson (guitars & vocals), Russ Parsons (vocals) and for our second and third albums, Steve Roe (vocals). Current membership is James Bennett (keyboards & hand percussion), Richard Hall (drums), Bud Broughton (guitars), Linda Lawrence (vocals) and Dave Wright (bass guitar).
Musical styles include Americana, blues, country, dance, disco, funk, jazz, pop, rock and retro rock ‘n’ roll, plus the band’s own indie style. Much of the music has a USA influence - in 1963 Dave’s eventual wife, Gwen, joined the Beatles Fan Club and got herself a New York pen friend, Danielle. Their friendship, which continues to this day, has led to extensive travels through the USA and Canada.
The band has released eight albums, two Christmas singles, a blues EP and a retro rock EP. All are available as CD or digital download at riffreign.bandcamp.com. The band’s ninth album will be out in March 2021.
Riff Reign have been joined by other musicians on some recordings: Sue Benson (backing vocals), Richard Groce (Latin percussion), Dave Hunt (harmonica), Keith Martin (mandolin and melodeon), John Sanderson (flute and sax) and Colin Wilson (12-string acoustic guitar).